The Saccharine Blues

by Pistols and Parachutes

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released November 23, 2015

Pistols and Parachutes is Carlin Parkin, Matt Vanden Dungen, Brett Parkin, and James McCran

All songs written and recorded by Pistols and Parachutes. Additional Bass and Vocals on Half-Hearted Love Songs by Graeme Vanden Dungen. Recorded and mixed by Dan Vanden Dungen in Vauxhall, AB. Mastered by Mike Indovina of Indie Pool. All artwork by Sierra Parkin.

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Pistols and Parachutes Lethbridge

Pistols and Parachutes is a four piece alternative rock band from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. They mix alternative rock influences with pop-hooks and roots rock.

Their first full length album, called "The Saccharine Blues" is out now.
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Track Name: The Saccharine Blues
Well it took me long enough to know where my heart is
My cards on the table, my thoughts are so restless
I never could learn when to shut them off
And the magic of the moments when I'm indifferent
Get forced to the back and played out of sequence
I care way too much, or not at all

And I sing the saccharine blues
I'm too sweet, it hurts me, it hurts you
I sing the saccharine blues
Just don't feel, you can't lose

And I told lies about who I am now
I bought into the myth that this was all planned out
And deep into the night, I talk in my sleep
Baby can't you see? Oh can't you feel this?
I'm almost on your street and I'm feeling faithless
The evidence I have is just some pretty songs

And I sing the saccharine blues
I'm too sweet, it hurts me, it hurts you
I sing the saccharine blues
Just don't feel, you can't lose

Maybe I'll just think about you
To forget myself
'Cause all it really takes is to see you
I forget myself
I go off to far away places
I forget myself
And I find you between the spaces
Let me forget myself

'Cause I hurt you
And I sing the saccharine blues
Just don't feel, you can't loose

I got the saccharine blues
Track Name: Late Night Thief
With a one and a two and a three
She's always looking at me
With a four and a five and a six
I would be remiss
Not to see that I can be oblivious

With a three and a two and a one
Lost boys are out having fun
With a six and a five and a four
Here she comes back for more
And when she's on you can't compete
Not when you're on your knees

'Cause she's a late night thief
And she'll break any heart she please
And despite myself
I'm asking please let it be me

With a one and a two and a three
Let me tell you how it's gonna be
With a four and a five and a six
We would never click
'Cause I'm a starry-eyed romantic
And she's an ice queen

But with a three and a two and a one
It ain't over 'till it's done
With a six and a five and a four
Well I've been here before
But maybe this time I'll learn to see
Through her eyes, oh never mind

'Cause she's a late night thief
And she'll break any heart she please
And despite myself
I'm asking please let it be me

Late night thief
She's a late night thief
My boy she'll cut you deep
'Cause she's a late night thief
Track Name: I'll Be The One
There's a roadblock in my mind
There's a world beyond that 'no trespassing' sign
I want to see before I'm blind
I want to feel more before I die

Hey, we'll be the ones screaming out
Hey, I'll be the one wasting all my time
Hey, please don't follow me down
I'll be the one
I'll be the one

And I could defend
Every move I made I could recommend
And I wrote a letter that I know I'll never send
Yeah, could be years before I unbend

Hey, we'll be the ones screaming out
Hey, I'll be the one wasting all my time
Hey, please don't follow me down
I'll be the one
I'll be the one

Everybody stays, yeah everybody stays
Everyone's lost but everybody pays
I've been singing but I don't know what I'll say
And I've been screaming but I don't know what I'll say

So everybody stay

Hey, we'll be the ones screaming out
Hey, I'll be the one wasting all my time
Hey, please don't follow me down
I'll be the one
I'll be the one
I'll be the one
I'll be the one
Track Name: Chasing Ghosts
Last time I was here snow was falling
But I ain't seen the snow in a year
And I can't see the gap in the skyline
Where the sun gets through
I could have sworn that it was here

But it's not
Sometimes I see things that aren't there
And I've been chasing ghosts through the air
Wondering why you're still on my mind after all this time
You're on my mind after all this time

Yeah and last time I was here I had power
I was sizing the world in my hand
You see back then it was small and I would search it all 'till I found you
And then I found you

Or so I thought
But sometimes I see things that aren't there
And I've been chasing ghosts through the air
Wondering why you're still on my mind after all this time
You're on my mind, just get out of my mind, yeah

Will I see you tonight?
'Cause it hurts either way
But when the fresh or the fire can't challenge my desire
Well I guess that's just the price that I pay
I gotta let you go
Gotta let you go
Oh now I gotta let you go
I gotta let you go

'Cause I've been chasing ghosts
I've been chasing ghosts

And last time I was here snow falling
But I ain't seen the snow in a year
Track Name: The Runaway
I've never run away before
So I don't know how it's done
There's no one out here anymore
I'm the only one
I'm the only one

It's darker than I remember
But tonight I just don't care
It's colder out than in December
And the night just won't play fair

And I've never run away before
So I don't know how it's done
There's no one out here anymore
I'm the only one
I'm the only one

I see a light that's leading somewhere
A double row from left to right
But it won't take me anywhere
I haven't already been tonight

And I've never run away before
But tonight I just don't care
There's no one out here anymore
And the night just won't play fair

And I've never run away before
But I think I know how it's done
There's no one out here anymore
I'm still the only one
Track Name: Half-Hearted Love Songs
When I saw you yesterday
Your smile looked so out of place
It never touched your eyes
Like it did on those nights
When we walked side by side after dark
And the spark was oh so faint

And all we needed was a breath
Carefully delivered with cupped hands
We sang half-hearted love songs in our heads
With melodies we couldn't finish yet

So when I saw you yesterday
I wondered why I didn't stay
I was so naive
I believed you'd wait for me when adventure called me on
But I left unfinished song
And the spark untended

When all we needed was a breath
Carefully delivered with cupped hands
We sang half-hearted love songs in our heads
With melodies we couldn't finish

So when I saw you yesterday
Well I just knew I'd stay
Track Name: Shake it Out
Well this was never really nothing to me
It was a fever of steadily increasing degree
But I'm alright
I'll cool down tonight

I'll sing the blues now until I believe
That I'm just a lost boy and you're all that I need
But it ain't that way
It's just the games that I played

It was the weight of the words that I didn't say

I'll shake it out
Though I still have my doubts
But even when she's leaving
I can still hear the sound
'Cause I've been trying to be right all my life
I'll be mistaken tonight

Hey I hope to see you on some rainy day
So I can tell you I was wrong and everything's okay
And how I burned for you
Before the fire of my youth was dimmed by the truth

It was the weight of the words that I didn't say

I'll shake it out
Though I still have my doubts
But even when she's leaving
I can still hear the sound
'Cause I've been trying to be right all my life
I'll be mistaken tonight

Hey this was never really nothing to me
It was a fever of steadily increasing degree
But I'm alright
Yeah I'll cool down tonight

I'll shake it out
Though I still have my doubts
But even when she's leaving
I can still hear that sound
'Cause I've been trying to be right all my life
I'll be mistaken tonight

I'll shake it out
Track Name: I'm Still Young
At least back when you called me overzealous
I thought that we were ending up somewhere
I could catch all meaning in a moment
My arm around you headed up the stairs

But when night falls this town lights like Christmas
Strangers' eyes they draw us in again
I don't think I was ever ready for this
But my mother said before I walked I ran

And I breathe out
'Cause I'm still young
And I close my eyes
Hey isn't this fun?

And then I hear her say it in a whisper
The only girl I ever put before me
Well she loves a man as gently as the wind blows
When all I love is my own fantasy

And so I court the night when she don't want me
All her little freedoms break my plans
I capture her attention in the evening
But by morning I'll be sleeping on my hands

And I breathe out
'Cause I'm still young
And I close my eyes
Just tell me when does this get fun?

Oh and I breathe out
'Cause I'm still young
And as I close my eyes
Just tell me when does this get fun?

At least back when you called me overzealous
All my dreams were hanging by my bed
Oh I could catch all meaning in a moment
It wasn't all just pictures in my head
Track Name: On The Level
Since you caught me on the level
Well now I must agree
That much of what was sacred
Is now a joke to me

But I held you close in my mind
You were my little seed of faith
'Cause when you're sentimental
Well some things never change

I just wanna walk until my feet get sore
Down a darkened road to find my home
Will you still hold my hand when I don't have any plans?
If I tell you I was never in control?

Now as I sit here on the level
Well it's such a sight to see
How things that used to mean so much
Are irrelevant to me

Yeah and I still love my order
But chaos knows my name
Yeah and I'm learning to let it all go
But it scares me all the same

And I just wanna walk until my feet get sore
Down a darkened road to find my home
Will you still hold my hand when I don't have any plans?
If I tell you I was never in control?

And I walk until my feet get
Down a darkened road to find my home
But there is no Promised Land
Just all my fucking plans
I'm so full of shit and I'm getting old
Track Name: She Says
She stands
Leaning with her face pressed against the pane
She's been listening
But he's saying different things
Contradictions
He never takes the blame
Now he's talking in circles as she disengages

Now she still has her mind
Though her heart, it unwinds

And she says the man is gone
And it's best to carry on
And she says we just have to let go
Of things we can't control

And the silence is hurting
It's creeping into her smile
Her beauty corrupted by a hardened heart and stifled cries
Cliches ring hollow
From her friends who try to bring relief
But she listens intently
'Cause this is how you deal with grief

And she knows she can see the end
Maybe time, time will mend

And she says the man is gone
And it's best to carry on
And she says we just have to let go
Of things we can't control

So just let go
Yeah just let go

La la let go

So now she says the man is gone
And it's best to carry on
And she says we just have to let go

Oh now she says the man is gone
And it's best to carry on
And she says we just have to let go
Of things we can't control
Track Name: Scarlet
When I look away from the sun
All I see are shadows
Of buildings and places and people
That I love

She'll be a scarlet
She'll be a scarlet sky
She'll be a scarlet
She'll be a scarlet sky
Over me

When it slips away from your hands
And you're not far from breaking
And I don't want to fall apart
But I just might

She'll be a scarlet
She'll be a scarlet sky
She'll be a scarlet
She'll be a scarlet sky
Over me